|Blessed is the man who does not blunder with his lips |
and need not suffer grief for sin.
|Blessed is he whose heart does not condemn him, |
and who has not given up his hope.
|Riches are not seemly for a stingy man; |
and of what use is property to an envious man?
|Whoever accumulates by depriving himself, accumulates for others; |
and others will live in luxury on his goods.
|If a man is mean to himself, to whom will he be generous? |
He will not enjoy his own riches.
|No one is meaner than the man who is grudging to himself, |
and this is the retribution for his baseness;
|even if he does good, he does it unintentionally, |
and betrays his baseness in the end.
|Evil is the man with a grudging eye; |
he averts his face and disregards people.
|A greedy man's eye is not satisfied with a portion, |
and mean injustice withers the soul.
|A stingy man's eye begrudges bread, |
and it is lacking at his table.
|My son, treat yourself well, according to your means, |
and present worthy offerings to the Lord.
|Remember that death will not delay, |
and the decree of Hades has not been shown to you.
|Do good to a friend before you die, |
and reach out and give to him as much as you can.
|Do not deprive yourself of a happy day; |
let not your share of desired good pass by you.
|Will you not leave the fruit of your labors to another, |
and what you acquired by toil to be divided by lot?
|Give, and take, and beguile yourself, |
because in Hades one cannot look for luxury.
|All living beings become old like a garment, |
for the decree from of old is, "You must surely die!"
|Like flourishing leaves on a spreading tree |
which sheds some and puts forth others,
so are the generations of flesh and blood:
one dies and another is born.
|Every product decays and ceases to exist, |
and the man who made it will pass away with it.
|Blessed is the man who meditates on wisdom |
and who reasons intelligently.
|He who reflects in his mind on her ways |
will also ponder her secrets.
|Pursue wisdom like a hunter, |
and lie in wait on her paths.
|He who peers through her windows |
will also listen at her doors;
|he who encamps near her house |
will also fasten his tent peg to her walls;
|he will pitch his tent near her, |
and will lodge in an excellent lodging place;
|he will place his children under her shelter, |
and will camp under her boughs;
|he will be sheltered by her from the heat, |
and will dwell in the midst of her glory.
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